22nd October 2018
Wolves have retained the top spot in the men’s Premier Handball League after a nail-biting win over Olympia by the narrowest of margins.
Nottingham and West London Eagles fought to a draw, and London GD and NEM Hawks both took three points from this weekend after wins over Brighton Seahawks and Cambridge respectively.
Wolves have taken maximum points so far this season and stretched their winning streak to four with victory this weekend over Olympia.
At half-time the men of Warrington had a six-goal advantage over the Londoners, with the teams at 14-8 when they turned around. Olympia fought back in the second half but couldn’t quite overhaul Wolves, and fell to their first defeat of the season. Olympia are fourth in the table but have a game in hand over the three clubs above them. Wolves’ Jacob Maxted, Ryan Thomas, Ollie Tyler and Player of the Match Ben Tyler all netted six times each.
Brighton Seahawks welcomed last year’s champions London GD to Worthing Leisure Centre. At half-time GD led 11-18, and by full-time they had pulled away to win 21-38. GD’s Silviu Hapenciuc scored an incredible 16 goals. Sam Crocker replied for Brighton with seven.
At Oldham Leisure Centre, NEM Hawks beat Cambridge 39-28 with Hawks’ Harry Morley putting in another outstanding goal-scoring performance. The teams were 20-12 at half-time. Player of the Match for Hawks was goalkeeper Tom Marsden, and for the East Anglians was Pierre Larraufie.
Nottingham and West London Eagles were on equal points before this weekend’s game. They headed to Derby Arena where the score was 13-13 at half-time. Eagles’ Lucas Carstens netted six times for the Londoners, and Nottingham’s Francisco Pereira scored 13 goals. The final score was 27 goals apiece.
After round four of matches, Hawks and GD are locked on 9 points apiece and in second and third in the table, with GD having a narrow goal difference over Hawks. Olympia, West London Eagles and Nottingham are all on seven points, with Cambridge and Seahawks in seventh and eighth in the league.
This season in the men’s Premier Handball League could be the most competitive yet.